Lucrative Sandy cleanup projects in New Jersey won't allow non-union workers, NJ State Sen. who wrote bill is also a union official
1/15/13, "NJ State Senate Votes to Exclude Non-Union Workers from Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Projects," Breitbart, Tony Lee
passed a bill that would exclude construction workers who are not a part of a union from doing work related to Hurricane Sandy cleanup and reconstruction in the state.
1/14/13, "Profiting on Disaster: NJ Senate Votes To Exclude Non-Union Construction Workers For Hurricane Sandy Work,"
"A bill that was authored by an Ironworkers’ union organizer
to expand union-only Project Labor Agreements–to include Hurricane Sandy cleanup and reconstruction–passed the New Jersey Senate on Monday along party lines 23-13.
The Ironworkers’ union organizer who drafted the pro-union bill, Steven Sweeney, also happens to be the president of the New Jersey Senate and recently accused New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of
“praying” for Hurricane Sandy to hit New Jersey.
As it turns out, though, unions must be counting their blessing with the New Jersey’s Senate passage of S. 2425 which adds adds to an already-existing discriminatory PLA laws in New Jersey."...
1/14/13, "N.J. Senate passes bill regarding hiring contractors in wake of Hurricane Sandy," Star-Ledger, Friedman
"Taking up its first substantial piece of legislation relating to Hurricane Sandy, the state Senate today passed a bill that would let governments call for all union workers when hiring contractors to rebuild key pieces of infrastructure.
The bill (S2425), which passed along party lines 23 to 13, expands the use of project labor agreements, which are meant to settle workplace labor disputes in advance.
New Jersey has had a project labor agreement law on the books since 2002, but highways, bridges, pumping stations and water and sewage treatment plants were exempted. With extensive rebuilding needed on those structures along the shore, this bill includes them.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester)...authored the legislation and fast tracked it."...
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